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Parc Floral – Pariz

August 16th, 2014 Comments off


Rambouillet castle

August 15th, 2014 Comments off

Sorry, this entry is only available in Slovene language.
Grad Rambouillet je še en izmed gradov v bližini Pariza. In še en, ki je bil med drugim pomemben za francoske kralje. Kljub temu, da je kralj Louis XVI (Ludvik XVI) živel v nedaleč oddaljenem Versaillesu, je ta grad “postal” njegova last leta 1783. Ker je bil na eni strani obkrožen z gozdom je bil zelo popularen kot grad ob lovišču. Njegovi ženi, Marii Antoineti, grad ni bil niti najmanj všeč, zato ji je dal zgraditi “mlekarno”, kjer je lahko poskušala mleko, sire, kreme… itd… Med revolucijo je bil izropan, kasneje je pa sem pogosto prihajal Napoleon I. Grad je bil tudi rezidenca zadnjega kralja iz roda burbonov, Charlesa X (Karel X), ki je umrl v izgnanstvu v Gorici, in je pokopan v Sloveniji v samostanu Kostanjevica. Pravzaprav, od Napoleona naprej je grad “državna last” in na volju francoskem vladarju (t.i. liste civile). Od tretje francoske republike naprej je bil grad poletna rezidenca za francoske predsednike, ki so sem vodili številne goste na lov. Še dandanes grad gosti eminentne goste, npr. eden izmed zadnjih je bil ruski predsednik Putin.

Bil je pa grad pomemben še zaradi nekaterih drugih dogodkov. Svoj štab med drugo svetovno vojno je imel tu general Charles de Gaulle, ki je od tu ukazal zadnji premik za osvoboditev Pariza. Tukaj je tudi prvi sestanek G6 (predhodnice današnje G7), tri mesece v letu 1999 pa so tukaj tudi potekala mirovna pogajanja za Kosovo.

Grad je vreden ogleda, ni pa must-do v Parizu. Okolica je lepa, notranjost pa nič posebnega, saj stalno menjajo opremo. In malo je pravzaprav originalne. Ima pa grad veliko zanimivih zgodb…

Tango in Paris

May 5th, 2014 Comments off

La Defence in Paris

May 3rd, 2014 Comments off


La Défense is Europe’s largest purpose-built business district with 560 hectares (5.6 million square metres) area, 72 glass and steel buildings and skyscrapers, 180,000 daily workers, and 3.5 million square metres (37.7 million sq ft) of office space.Around its Grande Arche and esplanade (“le Parvis”), La Défense contains many of the Paris urban area’s tallest high-rises, and is home to no fewer than 1,500 corporate head offices, including those of 15 of the top 50 companies in the world.

The district is located at the westernmost extremity of the ten-kilometre-long Historical Axis of Paris, which starts at the Louvre in Central Paris, and continues along the Champs-Élysées, well beyond the Arc de Triomphe before culminating at La Défense.

In September 1958, The Public Establishment for Installation of La Défense (EPAD) buildings (of which the Esso Tower was the very first) were built and began to slowly replace the city’s factories, shanties, and even a few farms.In the early 1970s, in response to great demand, a second generation of buildings began to appear, but the economic crisis in 1973 nearly halted all construction in the area. The tallest skyscraper, the Tour First belongs to AXA was constructed in 1974. It is 231 metres (758 ft) high, has 50 floors, and is the highest inhabited building in the Paris area (a title previously held by the Tour Montparnasse, which was the tallest inhabited building until the Tour First was renovated between 2007 and 2011, bringing it to its current height from a previous 159 metres (522 ft); the tallest structure in Paris is the Eiffel Tower). A third generation of towers began to appear in the early 1980s. The biggest commercial centre in Europe (at the time), the Quatre Temps, was created in 1981. In 1982, the EPAD launched the Tête Défense competition to find a monument to complete the Axe historique, which eventually led to the construction of Grande Arche at the west end of the quarter.
(source: Wikipedia)

City of painters, Auvers-sur-Oise, France

April 24th, 2014 Comments off

Sorry, this entry is only available in Slovene language.
Auvers na reki Oise je mesto, ki leži na želežniški progi med Parizom in obalo. Znano je postalo v 19. stoletju, ko so tu živeli in seveda delali številni slikarji – Cezanne, Daubigniy, Pissarro, ter seveda, najbolj znan med njimi, Vincent Van Gogh.

V gradu je zelo zanimiva razstava, ki prikazuje življenje v času impresionistov. Hkrati pa tam (in drugje po Auvers) ni slik, saj so očitno predrage, da bi bile razstavljene v takem malem kraju. Ja, za ogled slik je pač treba iti v Pariz, npr. v Orsay, ki ima v svoji stalni zbirki kar nekaj slik Van Gogha.

Van Gogh je v Auvers-sur-Oise preživel zadnjih 70 dni življenja. Tja se je iz Pariza umaknil v maju 1890, predvsem zato, ker je tam živel v miru, blizu svojega zdravnika (Dr. Gachet). Najel si je majhno sobico (Auberge Ravoux, tam je sedaj muzej) in ustvarjal – menda več kot 80 del v teh dneh, in bil kronik takratnega življenja v vasi – nenazadnje je tudi zelo slikal tako pokrajino okoli vasi, vas in delo na njivah. V juniju 1890 je naredil samomor (oz. je poskušal, vendar je bila pištola slaba in je bil hudo ranjen – umrl je šele dva dni kasneje) in bil v Auversu tudi pokopan.